This week's UK news: 11 September 2011
11 September 2011

Comedian swims up River Thames

David Walliams, who starred in the comedy show Little Britain, has been swimming the River Thames to raise money for charity.
The River Thames is 140 miles long and Mr Walliams planned to swim it to the sea in eight days to raise money for Sport Relief. This is a major British charity which regularly organises big fundaising events.
Mr Walliams has had problems with his swim. The Thames is colder than he expected, and he has spent a day struggling with an upset stomach from an illness he picked up in the water. He is behind schedule with the swim and is about to arrive in the area of the river which is affected by sea tides.

Proms concerts end in style

The BBC Proms is one of the largest classical musical festivals in the world. It has been running since 1897 and features eight weeks of daily concerts, many of which are in the famous Albert Hall.
One of the most famous bits of the Proms is the Last Night, which happens on the second Saturday in September. This is traditionally a festival of Britishness. The music played rarely changes and always includes Rule Britannia and Jerusalem, both associated with Britain. People dress up and wave Union Jacks, the UK flag.
Susan Bullock, the singer who appeared in this year's Last Night, said: "I've got to sing Rule Britannia, which is a real pig to sing. It's full of twiddly fast notes."

Tourist complains about fish

Ilfracombe in Devon is a working fishing village. A fleet of fishing boats uses the harbour. So the harbourmaster was very surprised to get a complaint from a tourist about the smell of fish.
David Copp complained about the smell coming from 12 crates of dead fish which were stacked up by a fishing boat. They were going to be stacked on to the boat as bait for the next fishing trip
Rob Lawson, the harbourmaster, said the smell was usual at a working harbour. Mr Copp then complained to the local newspaper and said his children had been upset by the smell and the sight of the fish. People working at the harbour were puzzled by the man's reaction.
Mr Lawson said: "I told this man you shouldn't take your children to the harbour if this is how they react to dead fish."

Embarrassing advertisement

Most job adverts in the UK these days will end with a statement explaining that the employer is committing to equality. This means treating people the same whether they are male or female and no matter what race they are.
So it made a few people smile this week when a job advertisement was published on a website for the National Health Service. It was all as normal apart from the final sentence, which read: "the usual rubbish about equal opportunities".
The sentence was quickly changed once a job applicant pointed out the mistake, and the hospital is now trying to find out how the advertisement was produced.

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